Experiment with different shells

From raju

Situation: Currently, my default shell is set to tcsh. I have made a bunch of configuration changes in ~/.cshrc, created a lot of tcsh scripts over time. Now I want to experiment with zsh. Using "chsh" to change the default shell needs contacting admin(s). I also want to be able to fall back to tcsh in case zsh does not fit all my needs or if I am not able to figure out how to do XYZ. Had I changed the default shell using chsh, this would involve sending out more emails to admin(s) and justifying the request.

Solution: use the ~/.login script

% cat ~/.login
# change the default shell to zsh
# This file is executed after finishing all the startup processes
exec /bin/zsh

Result: This would let me work in zsh. If for any reason, I want to revert back, the above line in ~/.login can be commented out and I will be back to using tcsh. No emails to admin(s).


Note:- This did not work for me when trying to change the default shell from ksh to bash. For that case, I added the following lines at the bottom of ~/.profile and then it worked.

setenv SHELL /bin/bash
exec /bin/bash